Canadiens vs. Sabres: The Fourth Line Scores All Three in Habs Win

November 6th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
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The winds of change were blowing in the city of Montreal the last few days, as a sputtering second line and weak defensive pairings led Coach Jacques Martin to shake things up at practice.

Then, as Tomas Plekanec was scratched after the pre-game skate due to flu-like symptoms, Martin juggled his lines further and had Andrei Kostitsyn riding shotgun with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, while Lars Eller was centering Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen.

The result wasn't pretty, as Montreal struggled to deal with the aggressive forecheck from a disorganized Sabres squad, but the Canadiens skated away with the victory thanks to outstanding goaltending from Carey Price and three goals from the Canadiens fourth line.

Despite out-shooting the Habs 16-10 in the first period, Buffalo looked like a team in disarray, demonstrating very little cohesion between their forwards and defense.

The Habs needed someone to step up and the fourth line of Benoit Pouliot, Mathieu Darche and Jeff Halpern answered the bell. That trio played their best game of the season scoring all three goals—the first two immedia ...

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